Author Archives: Meghan Arnold

Communications Manager at FontShop SF

Happy New Year! 2012′s Best Coming to Your Inbox TOMORROW

toptype2Is your 2013 off to a great start? Good! It’ll get even more awesome tomorrow when FontShop‘s Top Type of 2012 hits your inbox.

Make sure you’re signed up for our newsletter so you get your hands on this type lover’s electronic collector’s item first thing.

What to do while you wait? Take a look at our 2011 edition and place your bets on our new picks!

Put Some Type Under the Tree with These Great Deals

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Playing Santa for the designer in your life? Why not lighten the reindeer’s load and give the gift of fonts?

Our FontShop elves recently showed you how to buy for others, today we’ll remind you a few great deals that may help make your selection:

For Your Sonnet-Obsessed Cousin

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Snowflakes, sleighrides & sugar plums, dipped
30% off until tomorrow – SudtiposPoem Script!

For Your Adored Sweetheart

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Speaking of scripts, ReType‘s Krul and Dulcinea (above) are both 30% off through December 31.

For Your Hoarder Father

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Want to give an entire collection? All Positype fonts are 25% off through December 31.

For Your Traveling Aunt

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Finally, wrap up these gorgeous Latin gems from Indian Type Foundry – both Engrez Sans (above) and Kohinoor Latin are a generous 50% off through January 17.

10 New Things About FontBook 3.0

We hope you’ve had as much fun as we have playing with the new version of FontBook this week. Thanks for making it the #2 reference app in the App Store within 24 hours of release!

Welcome to new users of the app. If you’ve been loving FontBook for awhile, here’s a summary the goodies we added this go ’round:

  1. FontBook is now universal and runs on iPad 2 (and later), iPad Mini, iPhone 4 (and later) and iPod touch (4th gen. and later)
  2. Adapted user interface for iPhone
  3. Favorites and preferences sync between devices via iCloud
  4. New font class “Non-Western”
  5. 150 new font families with more than 1800 fonts
  6. 16 new type foundries
  7. New app icon
  8. iPhone only: search filters (class, designer, year, foundry)
  9. iPhone only: customizable one-liner sample text
  10. iPhone only: result pages as list view
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Left: The FontBook App homepage offers the familiar access to the world of type: class, designer, year, foundry and usage. Right: Filters supply even more precise search results, for example “All geometric Sans typefaces from Font Bureau, please!”

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Left: One of four type sample pages of a selected type family, in this case the sans serif Nobel. Right: All typefaces marked as favorites at a single glance, with editable sample text.

Get TYPO Tickets for Everyone on Your List!

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FontShop is proud to once again to be the presenting sponsor of TYPO San Francisco in 2013. Before we pack off for the holiday, we wanted to remind you to get your Early Bird tickets before prices go up on January 1!

We’re especially excited that the theme Contrast means last year’s closing speaker, Mike Monteiro, will facilitate, switching spots with Erik Spiekermann, who will close out the conference.

Seriously you don’t want to miss this incredible line up:

Kelli Anderson
Jessi Arrington 
Ludovic Balland
Marian Bantjes
Peter Bil’ak
Mandy Brown
Matthew Butterick
Stephen Coles
Keetra Dixon
Jens Gehlhaar
Meena Kadri
Erik Kessels
Somi Kim
Travis Kochel
Eike (Hort) Koenig
Faythe Levine
Tom Manning
Christoph Niemann
Mike Salisbury
Satsuki Shibuya
Erik Spiekermann
Rena Tom
Jeff Veen
Armin Vit
Ursus Wehrli

Kali Nikitas returns and we add facilitators Carima El-BehairyCameron Ewing and Simone Wolf.

Many more announcements to come after the new year, but don’t miss your chance to save $100 for all the design fans on your gift list this season!

Breaking News: FontBook is now available on iPhone and iPad

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FontShop International announces the new version of the award-winning FontBook is available on the App Store today. Version 3.0 is compatible with all iOS devices, including iPhone. The universal update is free for those who already own the iPad version.

We’ll post more tomorrow, but tonight go forth and play! (If you have FAQs, find answers here).

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Bettering the Bestsellers Page

On the heels of adding new language filters, we’ve continued to improve sections of FontShop to help you more easily find the fonts you need.

We made additional improvements to the bestselling fonts page design, making it much more intuitive and fun for you to use. If you’ve ever wondered what France’s favorite new display fonts are, you can filter that far!

We also rolled out changes to the site on category pages (e.g. Script). These new filters not only help narrow your search, they’re pretty addictive to play with. You can see other examples by going to the main Category page and choosing “View All” under any category name.

What else would you like to see on the site? What’s your favorite way to browse for fonts?

Write-In Vote Today: Your Picks for the Best of 2012

Tomorrow the US heads to the polls and today at FontShop we open up our comments section for you to tell us your picks for the “Best of 2012.” We’re sifting through fonts and foundries our “Best of” lists before the holidays begin. While our staff holds many thoughts about what blew us aways this year, we’d like to hear yours as well. Let us know in the comments below by November 30!
To get you started, here’s five typefaces added to FontShop this year. Don’t forget, you can play with them all in our Adobe Creative Suite Plugin to see how they mesh with your work.

Trim by Letters From Sweden

Winco by ReType

Storefront by Sudtipos

JAF Bernini Sans by Just Another Foundry

FF Chartwell by FontFont

Need some inspiration? Take a look back at some of our previous years’ posts. Next, flip through our New Fonts lists to see what’s come out this year. Then leave your picks in the comment section below.

Typographic Horrors: Impostrophes!!!

Happy Halloween! The final installment in our series, read if you dare:

A horrible feeling settled into her stomach as she read the article spelling out her impending doom. She didn’t know if she was being quoted or possessed. She felt dumb. Nothing was right and she worried it never would be again. 

A common typographic error of the modern era of which nary a designer is completely immune. Oftentimes, software guesses wrong and will turn your apostrophes into quotes or vice versa. Anticipate the problem and fix in proofreading. Bloggers should pay special attention and use html quotes or Macintosh keyboard shortcuts if necessary.

Graphic set in Sunrise Till Sunset Buried Deep International by Comicraft

Typographic Horrors: The Bolding That Wasn’t

Part five in our series, we hope you’re not getting nightmares:

He only noticed the effects of it over time, more like arsenic than the guillotine. Something so beautiful and young shouldn’t have to endure wearing such a horrific mask, when its real features are much bolder. But how could he have known? He wasn’t used to working in this platform and he realized his fatal error much too late.  He didn’t mean to inflict such a slow death on web typography.

Faux bolding and faux italic is a common crime for designers using webfonts. It happens by not specifying the font family properly. Instead of showing a true bold or a true italic, the browser or renderer will embolden or slant a regular weight. You can fix this issue by defining your font family properly in the CSS, including links to each font that will be required.

Graphic set in Confidential OT by FontFont

Typographic Horrors: Vertical Rhythm Vertigo

Part four in our series. Scared yet?:

Nausea swept over her. Looking at the body copy rendered her incapacitated. She couldn’t tell if the sentences belonged together in one cohesive paragraph or if text had gone missing. As her eyes leapt and jolted from one line to the next, she couldn’t tell if the previous thought had led her to the present, or if the text had by some malevolence been sliced apart and rearranged. She looked away into the stormy night and glanced back at the page once more, before passing out. As she awoke all she could see were gaping holes between lines of now meaningless words killed by inattentive designs.

Uneven vertical rhythm occurs when your line height shifts, having inconsistent values from one line to the next. It most generally occurs from testing out different leading values and not deciding on just one. It can also happen by patching together text layers in Frankenstein fashion. The best solution to avoid this is for designers to adhere to a strict baseline grid.

Graphic set in Mason Serif OT by Emigre

Typographic Horrors: Fake Small Decapitation

Part three in our series of blood-curdling common mistakes:

He shuddered, realizing something didn’t add up. An impostor had snuck into the midst and only those with  a trained eye such as his could spot the difference.“Good God!” he panicked, “The others don’t even know the horror right in front of their eyes! And they won’t until it’s too late.” He silently sobbed knowing that the real thing looked so much better than this typographic incubus. He vowed revenge on the designer who denied life to OpenType features, opting instead for fake small caps.

Certain desktop publishing programs allow you to too easily create ad hoc small caps. Fake small caps are simply scaled-down regular caps, their weight is too light and their proportions too narrow, which makes them look wispy (a tell-tale sign of an impostor). Instead, use them through the OpenType features or a separate small caps font. Your design will look the way the typographer intended, with the symphony of letterforms playing correctly together.

“FAKE” in graphic set in Poltergeist by GarageFonts

Typographic Horrors: The Ghost in the Machine Optical Spacing

Part two in our series of gory design:

In an unassuming office building, in Anywhere, U.S.A., a designer sits, her hand on the trigger. Thunder clashes outside, cold rain falls on her keyboard through a leak in the roof . Though the letters beautifully dance together on the page, their individual forms joining in unison to form words and sentences, she needs to fit in just that much more copy. A dark voice in her head whispers, “Just do this so you can go home. It’ll make it fit more easily, the reader be damned!” Temptation overcomes her and she changes the box from “Auto” and starts clicking arrows left and right. Somewhere a typographer dies a little.

In design programs like Adobe Creative Suite, there’s a built-in default for spacing that’s created to go with the metrics built into the professionally crafted font that you’ve purchased. The type designer carefully spaced and kerned the font: a conscious decision based on experience and know-how instead of a mechanical solution. By setting the kerning/spacing to “optical,” you negate the input of the type designer. Though more difficult to do now than the early days of such applications, sometimes people inadvertently end up fiddling with the setting.  So unless you’re a typographer, leave it as is.

“Ghost” in graphic set in FF Pitu by FontFont

Typographic Horrors: Rivers of Terror

Halloween is just a week away and to get you in the mood we’ll be rolling out a series of tales about common typographic errors over the next few days. We won’t leave you completely in the cold and dark – we’ll also tell you how to avoid committing such deadly sins. And now, for our first horror story:

She opened the book and screamed. Remnants of the crime splattered across the page. Crimson in magnitude, the glaring error ran in deep rivulets throughout each paragraph. “RIVERS!” she shrieked. “RIIIIIVERS!”

It was a crime of negligence, really. A rookie mistake by a designer not bent toward mayhem, but hurried to finish the job. He simply hadn’t checked after full justifying the paragraphs in the text. As a result, his ignorance had created unsightly patterns of white space that ran the length of the pages in the document – rivers.

He could’ve easily avoided it all. By taking some extra time to adjust his hyphenation and justification settings or choosing a typeface with different letterspacing the reader would be spared. The ultimate fix to avoid such pain and suffering? Rewriting the copy to fit to the page.

“Rivers!!!” text in graphic set in Dead Mans Chest by Comicraft

TYPO London Livestreams

The second annual TYPO London kicks off Friday, October 19. Not in the UK? You can still get in on the action via livestreams on both Friday and Saturday.

On Friday, watch multimedia designer Anthony Burrill at 12 PM GMT discuss “Working Hard and Being Nice to People.” Too early for those in the Americas? Then tune back in at 8 PM GMT for Pentagram’s Paula Scher‘s talk on “Breakthroughs, Successes and Failures.”

Continue your weekend with more design inspiration by checking out legendary graphic designer Ken Garland speak to “Word and Image” at 10 AM GMT. Return later to view Irma Boom closing out the conference with “Manifesto for the Book.”

The theme this year is Social so make sure to follow the hashtag #typo12 in addition to @TYPOLDN to get in on all the action.

5 Reasons to Pin with FontShop

We usually use this space on Fridays to talk about new boards on Pinterest, but this week we decided to give you five reasons to come join us in the social visual space.

1. You need a coffee/snack break. Let’s face it, sometimes we go to social sites to escape from our responsibilities. Our Edible Type & Mugshot boards will keep you inspired while you cozy up with Too Much Coffee and Donuts. Or just need to make a trip to the water cooler? Well, Water You Waiting For?

2. You want to dive into a typeface. Explore FF Din, FF Mister K, Bello Pro and FF Chartwell with our In Your Face boards for each.

3. You dream of being a pirate, an astronaut or circus performer. If you’ve got a parrot and an eye patch, we’ve got X Marks the Spot and Swashbucklers boards for you. Rocket ships more your speed, Space Cadet? Try Spacing Out. If you’ve run off to join the Dusty Circus, check out That’s In Tents!

4. You’re looking to learn. Go Back to School with Typography 101 and a pinnable version of 100 Best Typefaces. Plus, stay up on the latest Type Trends and what’s New & Noteworthy.

5. You just need a hug. We’ve got you covered.

Why do you pin with FontShop? Tell us in the comments.

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